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Dedede, King of Dream Land, is a penguin-like creature who is too gluttonous for his own good. Gathering food for his midnight feast, he got carried away and ended up taking all the food from the inhabitants of his country. One of them, a pink little guy named Kirby, decides to travel all the way to King Dedede's palace and retrieve the lost food by any means.

Kirby's Dream Land is a side-scrolling platform action game, and the first in the Kirby series. Although the protagonist appears to be a weak little marshmallow, he is actually quite powerful: he has the ability to suck up his enemies like a vacuum, and then shoot them out at other enemies. Kirby can also swallow air and inflate himself, which allows him to fly. There are four levels in the game; no save feature is available.


Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy King Dedede
Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy level under water
Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy In the castle
Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy Kirby takes flight.

Promo Images

Kirby's Dream Land Screenshot
Kirby's Dream Land Screenshot
Kirby's Dream Land Screenshot
Kirby's Dream Land Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "星のカービ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Twinkle Popo" -- Working title
  • "Hoshi no Kirby" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Fun and original gameplay but, oh my goodness, what a short and easy game. Rensch (218) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Short, but sweet Jon Collins (28) unrated

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dec, 1992 4.5 out of 5 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Play Time 1993 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Nov, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Video Games Oct, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Jan, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electric Playground Nov 06, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 21, 2005 7 out of 10 70 Jun 05, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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Title translation

The English translation of the Japanese title is Kirby of the Stars.


  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #6 Best Game Boy Game

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quizzley7 (21741) added Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy) on Nov 10, 2001
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